Elbert Jones

Sgt., Bradford’s Battalion 13th Tennessee Cavalry
Andersonville Prison casualty

Elbert Jones was born in Randolph County, North Carolina in 1832 to Britton and Mary Jones. His father moved the family to Dyer County, Tennessee before 1850. Elbert married Lucinda Jones, daughter of William W. “Billie” and Sarah “Sally” (Wright) Jones, on December 1, 1855 in Dyer County, Tennessee. To this union 4 children were born; John Franklin, Mary Elizabeth, Wesley Clay and William Elbert.

Elbert was a successful horse breeder and corn farmer and was active in his local community. He enlisted December 6, 1863 and on the 16th was mustered into Company B, Bradford Battalion, 13th Tennessee Calvary as a corporal. Elbert, an expert horseman, was quickly promoted to Sergeant.

Elbert and 265 other men were captured at the infamous Fort Pillow battle, near Memphis on April 12, 1864. He died less than six months later on September 1, 1864 in Andersonville Prison, Sumter County, Georgia at the age of 32 years. The cause of death was listed as dysentery. On the day Elbert perished 104 others also died. He is buried at Andersonville Cemetery – Plot H #7447. Let us pray that Elbert and his comrades may always rest with dignity and peace.

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